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Waiting encounter

11 February, 2021 — By John Gulliver

VISITING the dentist the other week I got trapped by the “social distancing” rules.

The clinic’s waiting room only allowed three patients “socially distant” from each other, so when I arrived I was provided with a hard-backed chair – and placed outside the clinic in busy Holloway Road, Islington, where I sat for about 10 minutes, effectively, on the pavement, watching busy shoppers go by, while I waited to be called.

My last visit on Friday was inspiring as I found myself sitting next to a young man in his early thirties, who was in a wheelchair.

We got chatting and he told me that he had gone to Sussex University, studied Greek philosophy, and then “broke his back” in a car crash.

His prognosis didn’t sound good, he acknowledged. Yet there was an air of confidence about him – he was working in “educa­tion technology” and his hopes seemed high.

An inspiring encounter.

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